When You Feel Like You Can’t Keep Up

When You Feel Like You Can’t Keep Up


Last year I took a team hiking on the Na Pali Coast in Hawaii. I had been out front most of the hike, but I stepped aside to take a picture. I was kind of hidden and the team walked past me.

I fell in line behind them and was following closely. I normally hike at a fairly slow, steady pace so I felt like I was running to keep up. We kept going faster and faster up the hills. I was exhausted and nearly just stopped, but I kept thinking I have to keep up or I’ll look bad.

We finally stopped at the top of an intense uphill section. I was panting hard. The guy leading turned around and gave me a look of shock.

“What are you doing back there? I’ve been trying to catch up with you and couldn’t figure out how you were hiking so fast.”

It made me think about how often I wear myself out chasing after a particular person or thing that I think is setting the pace. I feel like I have to keep up or I’ll look bad. Meanwhile, it’s quite possible that same person thinks they are trying to keep up with me.

You’ll only really live free when you figure out that we each have our own trail to hike and our own speed to do it at. Comparing our journey to others will only lead to frustration and exhaustion.

Stop trying to keep up. Hike your own trail at your own speed.

But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. 2 Cor. 10:12